A lot of people despair for our political class, believing it corrupt, self serving and out of touch. its not an uncommon view that this group is made up of a small pool of professional politicos who occaissionally swap jobs with one another and are more interested in staying in power for powers sake rather than a desire to serve their country, yet we live in a democratic system in which anyone can participate, so why are so few people politically active? this site is made up by users who in one form or another are serving, or have served, their country, so why the aversion to serving our country by giving it direction? would you consider getting involved in your local council? are you already? if not why? are you a member of a political party? would you consider joining a party with an aim to eventually trying to run for election? personally i struggle because i dont feel any party really fits my views correctly enough and to join a party i would need to make some compromises (which is, to my mind, a lot if what democracy is about), also at this time in my life i'm not able to commit myself but its something i could see myself getting involved in later when i fancy some free lunches.